3 Sikeston men found guilty in cocaine conspiracy case

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - A federal jury found three Sikeston men guilty Friday, April 12 of conspiracy to possess 5 kilograms of cocaine with intent to distribute, as well as  multiple distribution charges.

The trial began Monday morning and ended Friday in the Rush H. Limbaugh, Sr., United States District Courthouse. Previously, 14 co-conspirators entered guilty pleas for their roles in the conspiracy.

The evidence presented at trial showed that beginning in the Fall of 2009, Corey E. Turner, Sr., Antonio Turner, and Donald R. Turner, Jr., who are all cousins, along with others, entered into an agreement to pool their money together as often as they could, to buy large quantities of cocaine from various suppliers. Some of the suppliers were located in Missouri, however, much of the cocaine was coming from suppliers located in Blytheville, Ark.

The members of the conspiracy then split that cocaine amongst themselves, cooked the powder cocaine into crack cocaine, and sold it on the streets.

Corey E. Turner, Sr., 36; Antonio Turner, 41; and Donald R. Turner, JR., 36; all of Sikeston, were found guilty of one felony count of conspiracy to possess more than 5 kilograms of cocaine with the intent to distribute. Each man was also found guilty of separate counts of distributing cocaine/cocaine base.

Corey Turner, Sr., and Donald Turner, Jr., were also found guilty of aiding and abetting the distribution of cocaine base. The five-day trial was held before United States District Court Judge John A. Ross in Cape Girardeau.

Corey E. Turner, Sr., now faces a maximum of life in prison and/or a $10,000,000 fine.

Both Antonio Turner and Donald R. Turner, Jr., face mandatory sentences of life imprisonment.

Sentencing has been set for July 11, 2013 in Cape Girardeau.

The 14 co-conspirators who previously entered guilty pleas for their roles in the conspiracy, include: Joe Lenzie Turner of Sikeston; Dwayne Woods of Caruthersville; Derrick L. Turner of Sikeston (sentenced to 192 months); Cemond Brooks of Blytheville, Ark. (sentenced to 135 months); Mario Baker of Sikeston; Roderick Marks of Sikeston, (sentenced to 138 months); Elgin Mills of Sikeston, (sentenced to 132 months); Corey Weatherspoon of Blytheville, Ark. (sentenced to 120 months); David Turner of Sikeston, (sentenced to 120 months); Corey E. Turner, Jr., of Sikeston, (sentenced to 120 months); Dawnika Hunt of Caruthersville, (sentenced to 72 months); Shelby "Kay" White of Sikeston, (sentenced to 60 months); Anthony Wilder of Sikeston, (sentenced to 60 months); and Jerriereneika Dorsey of Sikeston.

The 17 convictions in this case are the result of a complex and long-term investigation. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the Southeast Missouri Drug Task Force, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Bootheel Drug Task Force, the Second Judicial Drug Task Force of Mississippi County, Arkansas, and the Scott County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Assistant United States Attorney Abbie Crites-Leoni handled the prosecution for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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